The Secret to Planning a Successful Carefree Vacation

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The Secret to Planning a Successful Carefree Vacation

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Vacations are supposed to be a fun and relaxing time for families to enjoy a break from work and stress. However, at times vacations can be stressful and cause anxiety and stress. With a few actions, travelers can reduce the amount of time they spend worrying and spend more time enjoying themselves on vacation.

Prepare Ahead of Time

Traveling anywhere new can cause anxiety, but if you prepare properly, all that anxiety and stress can go right out the window. Spend some time researching the area where you will be staying and learn about the culture. If you are traveling abroad or to areas where the language is different, there are dozens of podcasts and apps to help learn basic language skills quickly. While many areas are multi-lingual, it can be comforting to be able to at least speak a few words to get by.

You can also prepare a basic travel itinerary to help you hit everything you want to. Don’t worry about sticking exactly to this, but use it as a general guideline.

Airline Travel Tips

One of the most stressful parts of vacation is the actual getting to and from the location. With many new restrictions over the last few years, airline travel is likely the part of vacation travelers lose the most sleep over. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides a list of items you should and shouldn’t bring, and it also tells you what to expect when going through security.

Related: Essentials: What to Bring When Traveling With Kids

If you travel frequently, you can sign up for a frequent flyer program or credit card that allows you to go through security quickly without the headache of taking off shoes, jackets, and emptying half of your carry-on items on to the conveyor at security.

Related: The Best Travel Credit Card You Should Have in Your Wallet


Once you arrive at your destination, make sure you square your transportation away. Renting a car alleviates the need to stick to public transportation timelines and limitations. Renting a car allows you the flexibility to go where you want to go. Leaving you not to worry about public transportation schedules or getting stranded. Most airports will have convenient car rental sites right on-site. However, make sure to reserve your car in advance to get the best rates and a car that you like. Rental companies like Hertz  have online reservations. Depending on your length of stay, renting a car may be more affordable than bus tickets or taxi rides. Moreso, for multiple family members when traveling.

Final Thoughts

It’s understandable that many travelers may experience stress when traveling. However, many things can be done to alleviate stress both before traveling and while traveling. Proper preparation will leave travelers feeling prepared and ready for adventure.



Yamkins founded Gofamgo in 2017. She enjoys new places to explore and discover new grubs with her husband and their son. When she is not traveling, she loves watching movies, TV shows and predicting who gets to sit on the Iron Throne. She is also a freelance designer and registered nurse.

1 Comment

  • Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Yamkins,

    You have the basics down for sure. Well done. I dig planning a bit to cover basics and then being in the moment and spontaneous beyond. We are leaving our current spot in New Zealand in a month. No clue where we are heading next in NZ but we’ll figure it out eventually 😉


    April 2, 2018 at 10:36 pm

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